TV Bits: ‘Modern Family,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Portlandia,’ ‘American Horror Story: Asylum,’ ‘Community’
Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Teaser trailers, casting, controversy and more are all in this huge edition of TV Bits. After the jump, read about the following:
- Check out the first promo for the fourth season of the award-winning comedy Modern Family.
- Entertainment Weekly has four Walking Dead covers this week and the reveal of a brand new character.
- Chloe Sevigny will appear on IFC’s comedy Portlandia.
- Try to break out with the latest teaser for American Horror Story: Asylum.
- Dan Harmon talked about Community controversy and storylines in a Reddit AMA.
- Outlaw Country, a failed FX pilot about Southern crime, will air as a movie August 24.
- Casting continues on AMC’s Low Winter Sun.
After some offseason contract disputes that would make professional athletes proud, the cast of Modern Family is back in front of cameras gearing up for its fourth season. It returns to ABC on September 26 and TV Guide (via ScreenCrush) has your first look at the new season.
This week’s Entertainment Weekly has four different Walking Dead covers and, in the article that teases the third season, they reveal that Dallas Roberts has been cast as Milton, right hand man of The Governor. Creator Robert Kirkman explains:
Milton is the details guy. He’s the guy that works with the Governor, who is monitoring all situations and is trying to help the Governor make sense of this world that they’re living in. He’s not exactly a scientist, but he’s a smart guy that is trying to find out how zombies behave. Watching him do his little experiments is going to be a lot of fun.
And here are the four covers:
The star of Kids, The Brown Bunny, American Psycho and most recently Big Love is heading to Portlandia. Chloe Sevigny will be appearing on the IFC improvisational comedy that comes back in January for multiple episodes as Alexandra, a woman who moves in with Fred and Carrie. Entertainment Weekly broke the news of the casting.
Sevigny will also be appearing in American Horror Story: Asylum, which FX is currently promoting like crazy with multiple short teasers. Here’s one of the latest. Check out the rest on its Facebook page. The show returns in October.
Dan Harmon, the creator of NBC’s Community who was forced to leave the show after its third season, hopped on Reddit to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and talked about, well, everything. He talked about some storylines he wanted to put into season four, some of his work that’ll likely end up in season four, how season three could have ended the series and much more. Head to the site for the full thing or Collider has a great recap but here’s just one example, discussing the Chevy Chase controversy:
He refused to do the “tag” for the Digital Estate Planning episode (the 8 bit video game episode). In the scripted tag, Abed comes to Pierce with the thumb drive he took, and says “Pierce, I’ve been able to adjust some of the code for your Dad’s video game and I’ve made a version I think you might like better.” He puts the thumb drive into a laptop in front of Pierce. We cut to the laptop screen, where we see Pierce’s avatar on a front lawn with the giant floating head of Cornelius. Every time Pierce presses the space bar, his avatar throws a baseball to his father’s head, which gives him a thousand points and a “great job, son!” Pierce presses the space bar a few times, pauses, then leans over and embraces Abed and we fade to black. When Adam Countee pitched that tag, tears instantly rolled down my cheeks, and in point of fact, my eyes are getting watery describing it to you. It was the most important part of the episode and possibly one of the most important moments of the season. I was very upset to hear that it wasn’t shot because someone didn’t feel like shooting it, especially since it was literally the last day of shooting, which meant we’d never be able to pick it up. I regret nothing about how upset I got. My job was to care about my show.
Outlaw Country, an organized crime drama set in the South, was filmed as a two hour pilot for FX but they passed on it. It starred Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett, Mary Steenburgen, John Hawkes and, if that sounds kind of cool, set your DVR’s. FX will air the show at 10 p.m. Friday night, August 24, after The Departed. While this version of the show is likely dead, Deadline says it might get revived after a rewrite.
The upcoming AMC crime pilot, Low Winter Sun, which stars Mark Strong as a killer cop, is still casting. Joining the show are Sprague Grayde of 24 and David Costabile, who played Gale on Breaking Bad. Read more about the show here. Deadline broke the news of the casting.